The grand final curse of Birregurra forward Sam Green finally lifted in Saturday’s premiership victory.
The 29-year-old forward had been one of the biggest hard-luck stories in Colac district football over the past decade.
Green crossed to the Saints in 2008 from South Barwon to join his cousin Michael Davis, and played in back-to-back grand final losses to Irrewarra-Beeac.
Birregurra finally ended its 16-year premiership drought the following season with a thrilling grand final victory against South Colac, but Green had to watch from the sidelines after breaking an ankle in the second semi-final.
The Saints’ 2011 premiership coach Paul Lynch stunned spectators when he gave Green his premiership medal after the win.
“In 2011 I was still ecstatic because I felt like I was really a part of it,” Green said on Saturday.
“I was vice-captain that year and had played every game and was really amongst it, the only thing I didn’t have was the title of premiership player,” he said.
Green spent three years working in Western Australia before returning to the Saints midway through last year.
He forced his way into the senior side despite battling for the position of centre half-forward with star forward Tim McLean, but injury once again derailed Green’s season as the Saints went on to win another flag without him.
“Last year I pulled a groin muscle in about round 17, it was touch and go and I just couldn’t get up for the grand final, I re-pulled it the week before the grand final and that ruled me out completely,” Green said.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.